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Cloudcroft, NM is 107 miles away from the Mexican border and has a resident population of about 850 people with the “greater Cloudcroft” area adding about 2,000 more people. “Cloudcroft” is an old English word meaning covered or shrouded in clouds. Cloudcroft is not normally covered in clouds, however. Instead, the norm is beautiful views and wonderful temperatures, staying cool in the summer and not getting that cold in the winter.
Named by Fodor’s in 2002 as the Number 3 “Most Overlooked and Underrated Destination Spot”, tourism remains the primary economic driver of the village of Cloudcroft. This 110 year old, unique mountain community combines the amenities of modern life with its heritage as a pioneer village. and allows for a relatively mild summer that makes it a popular tourist attraction. You can actually get to almost 9,000 feet by climbing the hill above Burro Street, which is the main street. In the summer, it is a wonderful place to get away from the heat and enjoy the delightful pleasures of the mountains. In the winter, you can explore the vast wonderland of cross country skiing, take a snow mobile, and even ice skate!
See more about Cloudcroft’s history in Around the Area below.
Zenith Park is the location of Cloudcroft’s three festivals. Various arts and crafts are sold from local and regional artists, live music and entertainment is provided, activities and competitions are held, and local civic groups and churches sell traditional fair food. May Fair is seen as the kickoff of the summer tourist season and held on Memorial Day weekend. The weekend following the 4th of July is the July Jamboree, the smallest and newest of the three festivals. In October, the third and final event, Oktoberfest, is celebrated. It has an autumn atmosphere with the local aspen groves turning golden rather than a traditional German Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is seen as a final outdoor event before the winter snow and the close of the traditional tourist season.
The Lodge at Cloudcroft is nestled amongst the cool mountain pines and aspens. At 9,000 feet above sea level, it’s bound to take your breath away. This enchanting retreat offers world class golf, elegant dining, romantic accommodations and unique spa services. The Lodge has 61 well appointed rooms with a Victorian flair. The Lodge Retreat, located across fromThe Lodge, houses four private luxury suites adjoined by a shared kitchen and recreation area. Within walking distance lies the Pavilion Bed and Breakfast Inn. Built in 1899, this restored historic building provides 10 charming rooms with simple yet rustic decor.
Cloudcroft History: In the 1890s, the El Paso and Northeastern Railroad, organized by brothers Charles Bishop Eddy and John Arthur Eddy, arrived in the newly founded town of Alamogordointending to continue the rail line north to the mining town of White Oaks and beyond. This required a steady supply of timber. In 1898 the Eddy brothers sent a survey crew into the Sacramento Mountainsto determine the feasibility of extending a line up the summit to harvest the forests. The crew reported that not only was it possible, but the area could attract visitors. The name ofCloudcroft a pasture for the clouds was suggested and work on the line soon began.
By the end of the year, the rail line had been extended as far as Toboggan Canyon,and construction was started on a pavilion at the summit to provide accommodations for the anticipated tourists. It consisted of a dining room, kitchen, parlor, entertainment hall, and 40 tents set on wooden platforms. In May 1899 the railroad reached Cox Canyonand in June 1899, “The Pavilion” was formally opened by John Eddy. The first visitors rode the train as far as Toboggan and finished the journey by stagecoach. Favorable reports in newspapers quickly made Cloudcroft a popular destination. An additional resort, The Lodge, was built as a more upscale alternative to The Pavilion. The rail line arrived in Cloudcroft in early 1900, and in June 1900 the train depot was finished, located just west of The Pavilion. Meeting the trains became a daily activity in the village, with three arriving each day, bringing lumber, mail, and passengers.
In 1909, The Lodge burned down; it was rebuilt at its present location in 1911. The Pavilion also burned twice in the 1920s, but was rebuilt each time to conform to the original plans.
The Lodge hosted numerous famous guests, includingJudy Garland,Gilbert Roland,Clark Gable, andPancho Villa. In the 1930s the resort was managed byConrad Hilton,who was born and raised inSan Antonio, New Mexico. Hilton was familiar with The Lodge and wanted to be closer to his family as his own hotel chain slowly began its climb to prominence.
As automobiles grew in popularity, the rail line began to lose money. Passenger service ended in 1938, and the last freight train ran in 1947. Since then, tourism in Cloudcroft has grown beyond The Lodge and Pavilion to Burro Street near Highway 82, where many small shops and restaurants are located and where summer street dances are hosted. However, the town’s population has not grown, remaining at between 700 and 800 residents.